North boys, girls sweep county track meet

May 12, 1998|By RON SOMERS / Morning Herald Sports Editor

by Joe Crocetta / staff photographer

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WILLIAMSPORT - All Hunter Cross needed on the back of his Superman warmup shirt was the number 40.

That's how many points Cross, a North Hagerstown High senior, scored in the Washington County Track and Field Championships on Monday at Williamsport High.

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His four wins at 10 points each- in the long and triple jumps and high and intermediate hurdles - helped propel the North boys to the county title for the second straight year. North racked up 186 points to 141 1/2 for runner-up Williamsport.


The North girls made it a Hubs sweep, scoring 192 points to 164 for runner-up Smithsburg, which beat North for the crown last year.

Cross won the same four events, also worth 40 points, in the MVAL championship meet a few weeks back.

"I wanted 40 points again,'' he said after repeating the feat. He leaped 21 feet, 4 1/2 inches in the long jump, skimmed the high hurdles in 15.3 seconds, triple jumped 41-7 1/2 and capped it off with a clocking of 43.0 in the intermediate hurdles.

Cross said he and teammate Stephanie Overberger had paste-on Superman tattoos that they bought the other day at Toys 'R' Us in preparation for the meet. Just after Overberger won the triple jump in 33-0 3/4, Cross asked her where her tattoo was.

She said the rain, which was steady throughout the meet, had washed it off. It didn't matter, as the Hubs were supermen and women anyway.

Kari McCarty was a triple winner for North, taking the 1,600 in 5:45.2, the 3,200 in 12:21.2 and the 800 in 2:31.7. She was not pushed and used both as hard workouts for the region and state meets. North's Megan Verdeyen also won two events - the shot put at 39-3 1/2 and the discus in 129-11.

The county meet was delayed three days by rain, which will cut down on preparation time for the region meet Thursday and Saturday at Middletown. But Cross was his usual confident self.

"Someone's going to have to surprise me to beat me,'' he said. "I guess I'm top dog.''

Despite his four wins, Cross struggled a couple of times.

"My hamstrings were killing me,'' he said after the triple jump.

Then he chopped his steps in the intermediate hurdles. But he was not seriously threatened in any of his events.

After the meet, Cross, holding the winner's plaque aloft, led the boys team in a victory lap. The girls took one, too.

North coach Ray Shriver said the girls set their minds to winning the title just after losing it to Smithsburg last year.

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